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Tumor cell expression of CD163 is an independent prognostic factor in colorectal cancer patients
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Oncology Centre.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Molecular and Immunological Pathology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Oncology Centre.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Oncology Centre.
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Abstract [en]

CD163 is a macrophage specific marker. Recent studies have shown that CD163 expression in breast and rectal cancer cells is associated with poor prognosis. This study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between CD163 expression, as a macrophage trait, and macrophage infiltration and their clinical-pathological significance in colorectal cancer. The hypothesis of macrophage-cancer cell fusion may explain the expression of CD163 in cancer cells.

Immune-staining of CD163 and macrophage infiltration were evaluated in paraffinembedded specimens, earlier analyzed for Ki-67, CD31 and D2-40 and S-phase fraction, from primary tumors and normal colorectal mucosa of 77 patients with colorectal carcinoma. The outcomes were analyzed in relation to clinical-pathological data.

CD163 is positive in cancer cells in 16-18% of the patients and it is related to advanced tumor stages (stage III-IV) and unfavorable prognosis. High macrophage infiltration may be related to lower survival but this relation was not statistically significant. The prognostic significance of CD163 expression is independent of tumor stage (p=0,015) and macrophage density in tumor stroma (p=0,007).

The expression of macrophage phenotype in colorectal cancer cells is associated with poor prognosis independently of tumor stage and macrophage density in the tumour stroma. Macrophages may promote tumour growth and progression by an autocrine interaction with cancer cells. Macrophage – cancer cell fusion may occur in colorectal cancer and contribute to tumour progression and metastasis.

Keyword [en]
Colorectal cancer, tumour associated macrophages, macrophage infiltration, CD163, cell fusion
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54818DiVA: diva2:310536
Available from: 2010-04-14 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-04-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Macrophage antigen expression in breast and colorectal cancers: A consequence of macrophage - tumour cell fusion?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Macrophage antigen expression in breast and colorectal cancers: A consequence of macrophage - tumour cell fusion?
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Carcinogenesis is a sophisticated biological process consisting of a series of progressive changes in somatic cells from premalignant to malignant phenotype. Despite the vast information available about cancer cells, the origin of cancer and cause of metastasis still remain enigmatic. The hypothesis of cell fusion is one of several models explaining the evolution of neoplasia into clinically significant cancer. This theory states that cancer cells through heterotypic fusion with host cells generate hybrids expressing traits from both parental cells, and acquire metastatic potentials and growth-promoting properties. The cell fusion theory is still unproven and speculative, but cell fusion is a common biological process in normal tissue. Accumulated evidence shows that macrophage-cancer cell fusion occurs in vitro and in vivo and produces hybrids with metastatic potential, but the clinical significant of cell fusion is unclear. The aim of this thesis is to test this hypothesis in clinical patient materials and to explore the clinical significance of macrophage phenotype traits in solid tumours.

Paraffin-embedded cancer and normal tissue specimens from patients with breast cancer (n=133) and colorectal cancer (two different patient materials with totally 240 patients) were immunostained for the macrophage-specific antigen, CD163. The expression of CD163 was tested in relation to macrophage infiltration and tumour stage, survival time, irradiation, DNA ploidy, cancer cell proliferation and apoptosis.

Phenotypic macrophage traits, such as the expression of CD163, were seen in both breast and colorectal cancers, and were correlated to advanced tumour stages and poor survival. CD163 expression was more frequent in rectal cancer after irradiation and was associated with decreased apoptosis. Cancer cell proliferation was correlated to both macrophage infiltration and CD163 expression. Multivariate analysis showed that CD163 is a significant prognostic factor in both breast and colorectal cancers.

In an attempt to examine factors related to the function of macrophage fusion, the expression of the signalling adaptor protein DAP12 was tested and related to CD163 expression in breast cancers from 133 patients. DAP12 was shown to occur in breast cancer cells and was related to high histologic tumour grade, skeletal and liver metastasis, and poor prognosis. The findings in this thesis support the cell fusion theory and illustrate its clinical impact on tumour progression and metastasis.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. 67 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1149
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54820 (URN)978-91-7393-545-6 (ISBN)
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2009-10-02, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2010-04-14 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-05-20Bibliographically approved

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